Medicine & Doctors · Public health

India’s efforts to make medicines affordable for citizens

This was published in The Better India on June 13 2017. Here is the link, and below is an extract: “Looking at the bigger picture, it is important that India does not stop here, but that we aim for prioritizing and making, at the soonest, all healthcare services (and not just generic medicines) accessible and affordable for all… Continue reading India’s efforts to make medicines affordable for citizens

Medicine & Doctors · Politics · Public health

Demonetisation and Public Health: Only a Welfare-Intensive Budget 2017 Can Now Help BJP Save Face

This was carried by HuffPost India on Nov 28 2016. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt. “It’s because, just like with demonetisation, the nation leaves them with no other choice. We let government hospitals crumble, and force our poor to go to those, ostensibly for the “greater benefit of the nation”. Because… Continue reading Demonetisation and Public Health: Only a Welfare-Intensive Budget 2017 Can Now Help BJP Save Face

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Modi’s Mom and a Chaiwallah’s Mom: The Case for Universal Health Coverage in India

This was published in the Times of India as an op-ed, on Oct 13 2016. Here is the link. Below is an extract: “Few phrases in the public health literature capture the kind of raw agony that ‘catastrophic health expenditure’ does. I know that well, for my family is a rickshaw-walla’s family. A fractured bone… Continue reading Modi’s Mom and a Chaiwallah’s Mom: The Case for Universal Health Coverage in India

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‘The Private Insurance Trap’ – Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze are vehement advocates for universal health coverage. In their fine 2012 book An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions, they devote an entire chapter to ‘India’s Health Care Crisis’. One of the important topics they discuss is the proliferation of govt-sponsored insurance schemes (relying on private insurance companies) over the past… Continue reading ‘The Private Insurance Trap’ – Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

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Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?

In November 2008, PLOS Medicine published an article (as part of its Debate series) titled Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of the World’s Poor? I have tried to extract the more important points from that article (which can be found here) and created a compact post here. Argument 1: There Is No Alternative to Strengthening… Continue reading Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?

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93rd Report of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare

This report, presented on April 27, was ‘on Demands for Grants (2016-17) of the Department of Health and Family Welfare’. It analysed the resource allocations to health made and promised in India’s national Budget of Feb 2016. The article was published in HuffPost India on 05 May 2016. Here is the link. Below is an… Continue reading 93rd Report of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare

Politics · Public health

Without Universal Health Coverage, World Health Day means Little to Most of India

World Health Day 2016: one can’t lose the opportunity to remind India’s policymakers of the single most important need of the country’s citizens and health system – Universal Health Coverage. This article appeared in Scroll on April 7 2016. Below is an excerpt: The more one thinks of it, the more it’s clear how painful… Continue reading Without Universal Health Coverage, World Health Day means Little to Most of India